Matthew 26:36-39 “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
With the Easter season upon us, I thought it appropriate to talk a little bit about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. This picture of Jesus in the Bible has got to be one of my favorite depictions of Him. Why? Because in the Garden we see Jesus in a way that we have never seen Him before.
In the Garden, Jesus struggled right at the brink of destiny--yes-he struggled with doing what He was literally born to do. Jesus, in the moments before the cross, struggled with accepting the Father’s Will. It was the reason He came. It was something He had spent his entire earthly life and ministry preparing for up until now--yet the reality of what lied before him put Jesus in a state of depression. The Bible says that He was exceedingly sorrowful, to the point of death! Jesus, in his humanity, was struggling with the divine plan mapped out for him. This in itself is comforting because like Jesus, many of us struggle with God’s Will for our lives too! There are places in our journey where the Will of God is everything but glamorous and desirable. There are points in our lives where His Will means we will have to experience some pain, some discomfort, some hardship that we feel is unbearable. At this point, many of us choose to walk in the other direction. We choose to abandon God’s Will! In doing so, we often run the risk of aborting destiny and there is always collateral damage as a result. However, we can learn a lesson from Gethsemane!
The picture of Jesus in the Garden teaches us that while it is natural and normal to be overwhelmed, depressed and struggle with embracing the Will of God—it is NOT OKAY TO STAY IN THAT PLACE, OR EVEN TO MAKE DECISIONS FROM THAT PLACE! When we find ourselves struggling to accept and embrace God’s Will, we need to do as Jesus did and go to Gethsamane and stay there until the posture and position of our heart matches his “Nevertheless, not my will but Your Will be done.” We need to stay in the position and posture of prayer until OUR EMOTIONS, OUR WILL, OUR FLESH COME UNDER SUBJECTION TO GOD’S WILL! That is the remedy! That is the solution! WE ought not in our frustration, discouragement, fear, doubt and distress quit on God. Instead, we need to run to the garden and stay in God’s presence-right in our broken place- until our will bows to HIS. After we bow to God’s Will, He will give us strength for the journey-Just like He met Jesus in the garden and strengthened Him! #Godswilliswhatiwant
“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. (Luke 22:41-43)